Driving home? Kentucky's legislators say go ahead

| Friday, March 07, 2003

Truckers based in Kentucky will soon have a little more leeway in where they can drive.

HB124 would allow many tractor-trailers to drive up to 15 miles off an interstate solely for the purpose of driving home. Currently, truckdrivers who live in the Bluegrass State may only operate on the state’s interstates and parkways.

The bill, which was introduced Jan. 7, passed the House 94-1 on Feb. 11, and passed the Senate 29-1 on Feb. 28.

An amendment to the bill would allow trucks that hold special overweight and oversize permits to weigh up to 160,000 pounds. In addition, it removed restrictions on when the trucks could be on the road, although it did allow them to be kept off the roads during rush hour.

The speaker of the House sent the bill to the governor for his signature March 5. If he signs the bill, it will become law.

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